PonyApp, UGA Equestrian. Georgia, NCEA, PonyApp

Ali Tritschler: How Coronavirus Reminded Me to be Grateful

Reflections from UGA Equestrian Team Senior & the effects Coronavirus has had on her last season as an NCAA Athlete

          It is a very unique time in history right now when everyone in the world is being affected by COVID-19. It is a time filled with fear, uncertainty, and change, but more importantly, a time when we can all use this unpleasant common ground to stand together and be there for one another.

         I have had the honor and privilege of being able to call myself a D1 athlete at the University of Georgia for the past four years. As a member of the school’s top-ranked Equestrian team, I have pushed myself academically and athletically with my team of 65 girls from across the country and world. Any athlete will tell you that a team like this, one you overcome hardships with and celebrate achievements with, becomes your family. It is natural to see the teamwork and familial bond within a group like this during the easy times — the times you are cheering each other on so loudly at a competition you lose your voice; the times you are blasting music in the locker room getting ready for a meet day; the times you are lucky enough to win a championship. But what many people don’t know is that it is much easier to recognize these qualities in a team during the hard times.

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, changed so much in so many people’s lives. In my life, it unexpectedly changed the course of our teams’ season and the end of our college career.

At the beginning of last week, my teammates and I, along with all UGA students, were off enjoying a well-deserved spring break. A couple of days into our break, we were informed on a full-team conference call that our SEC championship would be canceled. Days after that, we received an e-mail that the NCEA had to cancel our National Championship and the rest of our season. As my heart was breaking for the class of 2020 and everything our team collectively accomplished this year, I couldn’t help but think of all of the memories and experiences we were all lucky enough to create over the past four years.

On the surface, one may think that our SEC and National Championships being canceled was the thing hurting us the most — and of course, these realities were hard to swallow. However, it was the lack of closure, I think, that hit UGA Eq the hardest. Yes, we wouldn’t be able to dress in the uniform for one last postseason and ride our hearts out for the team that has been our family for the past four years; but, more importantly, we wouldn’t be able to have our goodbyes.

To our coaches, Meghan Boenig, Anna Becker, and Sara Parr:

Thank you for everything you have helped this team accomplish in the last year. Thank you for having more confidence in us than we had in ourselves some days. Thank you for reminding us to be where our feet are. Thank you for only ever expecting brilliance because you knew we were always capable. Thank you for being our biggest supporters, the best teachers, and our second moms. From day one, you instilled in all 65 members that hard work, determination, presence, and a true love for our sport would carry us to all the success in the world. Of course, it was easier to see this some days over others, but it is a lesson and a lifestyle we will all carry on our individual paths for the rest of our lives. Thank you for being the backbone of our family and continuously making it your job in life to be there for us.

To our barn staff, Amber Bradley, Regan Rivas, Bill Dover, and the whole team:

Thank you for making our sport possible. Thank you for knowing our horses better than anyone else on the farm. Thank you for working your magic when the weather in Georgia really wanted to make it impossible for us to practice. Thank you for being there when a certain few ponies were reluctant to come inside. Thank you for loving on our favorite teammates when they needed it the most. Thank you for being there for all of the early mornings, late nights, and everything in between. Thank you for going above and beyond, quietly making things run smoothly, to make all of our lives easier. Without your constant care of our wonderful horses and our beautiful facility, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love every single day. Without you, UGA Equestrian would not exist.

To the Class of 2020:

Thank you for being my immediate family for the past four years. We have accomplished two SEC Championships, multiple reserve National Championships, and multiple individual National Championship titles, in our time together. Beyond that, you have led this year’s team with grace and passion. I am thankful for all of the early workouts, late days at the barn, weekend practices, pre-meet meetings, and everything in between. Although we won’t get to experience our last practice, our last two months of college, or our graduation together in Athens, I wouldn’t change any of it for the memories we have created in our time with each other. UGA Equestrian won’t be the same without the class of 2020, but it will forever be influenced by us.

To the rest of UGA Eq:

Thank you for completing our UGA Eq family for this season. I had the incredible opportunity to watch all of you grow and thrive whether you were a freshman getting used to the world of collegiate equestrian or a junior stepping up into a more demanding, upperclassman role. Every single one of you molds this team into the family we have come to know and love. I encourage you to use this unprecedented time as a chance to remind yourself how lucky we all are. Next year spend the extra time at workouts stretching, give your horse from practice an extra treat, tell your teammates how much they mean to you. Don’t take for granted the amazing opportunity we have been given as college athletes because, as this year proved to everyone, it can end in the blink of an eye without any warning. I am so proud of the team you have become and cannot wait to see the things you will accomplish together in the future.

If I have learned anything from the last couple of weeks, it is to not take anything in life for granted. It’s not that I didn’t recognize the privilege I had of being on the UGA Equestrian team or even being lucky enough to go to college; however, I never took the time each day to remind myself of that luxury. Like everyone else in the world, I have a couple of weeks to myself in quarantine to reflect on my past and plan for my future. Although I don’t know what a lot of it holds, I know that the minute I am able to see my team, the horses, the staff, and the coaches again, I will thank them for everything. Whether you are an athlete or not, a college student or not, make sure you remind the people in your life how much they mean to you and the impact they have on you. It is never too late to show gratitude.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email

This Post Has 64 Comments

  1. joker123.com

    My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong
    none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a
    year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts
    into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. indian, leasibianindian, leastindian, leather, sofa, sexindian, leaxcamindian, lebeanindian, lebeson, xxxindian,
    lebian, sexindian, lebians, bath, backmailindian, lebiciansindian, lebinas,
    sexindian, lebisanindian, lebisianindian, lebisienindian, leboindian, leborindian,
    lebsindian, lebsianindian, lebsiansindian, lecked, bathing, newindian, ledindian,
    leday, sexindian, ledbianindian, lede, sexindian, ledendindian, ledes, ledes,
    xnxxindian, ledi, boyindian, ledi, marege, techer35age,
    and, sdente, sex, vediindian, ledi, sexindian, ledi, sex,
    vidioindian, ledies, saree, sex, bathingindian, ledies, sexindian, ledisindian, ledis, sexindian, ledis, xnxxxxzindian, ledise,
    schoindian, ledise, school, teachar, xxx, video, gavtiindian, ledishindian, ledy, and, dogindian,
    ledy, fuck, in, restorentindian, ledy, hand, jobindian, ledy, police, sexindian, ledy, sexindian, ledy, sex,
    videoindian, ledy, sex, with, donkeyindian, ledy, shokibg, in, the, officeindian, ledy,
    yearindian, leek, mmsindian, leela, sexindian, leena,
    girlsindian, left, hot, sexindian, legalindian, legal, teensgerindian, leggi, sexindian, leggingsindian, leggings, hot, vidioindian, leggings, sexindian, leggings,
    stripindian, leggins, girls, romanceindian, legings,
    girlsindian, legsindian, legs, upindian, lehaindian, lei, darbyindian, leila, nude, picturesindian, leisbanindian,
    lek, vedio, clipindian, leliyindian, lenghtindian, length, videosindian, leonindian, leoneindian, leone, sex, video, triple, xindian, les,
    bianindian, lesabianindian, lesbindian, lesbaindian, lesbainindian, lesbain, auntiesindian, lesbain, kissingindian, lesbain, pornindian, lesbain, xxxindian, lesbain, xxx, videoindian, lesbainsindian, lesbanindian, lesban, pornindian, lesban, sexindian, lesband,
    hind, sexindian, lesbaniansindian, lesbeanindian, lesbean, videosindian, lesbeansindian, lesbelianindian,
    lesbi, xxx, sexy, desi, video, hindiindian, lesbiaindian,
    lesbiabindian, lesbiam, sex, videoindian,
    lesbiamsindian, lesbianindian, lesbian, 3gpindian, lesbian, 3gp,
    videosindian, lesbian, 69indian, lesbian, actressindian, lesbian, antyindian, lesbian, assindian, lesbian, ass, hole, lickingindian,
    lesbian, aunties, ln, groupindian, lesbian, auntyindian, lesbian, aunty, messy, with, holi, coloursindian, lesbian, aunty, sexindian, lesbian, babysitterindian, lesbian, bhabhisindian, lesbian,
    bhabiindian, lesbian, big, tisindian, lesbian,
    blue, film, in, hindiindian, lesbian, blue, film, videoindian, lesbian, bob, sucking, kissindian, lesbian, boobsindian, lesbian, carindian, lesbian, chocolate, eatingindian, lesbian, chudai

  3. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my
    Facebook group. Chat soon!

  4. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for
    my mission.

  5. judi online

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo
    News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed
    in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem
    to get there! Appreciate it

  6. 일산요정

    Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with
    us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m
    book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Exceptional blog and terrific style and design.

  7. 일산명월관

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all folks you really recognise what you are speaking about!
    Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =).
    We will have a hyperlink alternate agreement between us

  8. 일산요정

    You’re so awesome! I do not think I’ve read through
    anything like that before. So good to find someone with a few original thoughts on this topic.
    Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up.
    This site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a little
    originality!

  9. Wendy

    I always love sending flowers from Rose’s.

  10. poker online

    It’s amazing to go to see this web page and reading the views of
    all mates regarding this post, while I am also zealous of getting know-how.

  11. judi online

    Since the admin of this site is working, no question very rapidly it will be well-known, due to its feature contents.

  12. You actually make it seem so easy with your
    presentation but I find this topic to be really something
    that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and
    very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  13. 일산명월관

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I should
    check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page again.

  14. 일산요정

    Hola! I’ve been reading your site for a long time now
    and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    New Caney Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

  15. 일산명월관

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are
    going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  16. 일산요정

    It’s an awesome post in favor of all the internet users; they
    will get advantage from it I am sure.

  17. 일산요정

    I got this web page from my pal who told me regarding this web site and now this time I am browsing this web page and reading very informative articles
    at this time.

  18. 일산요정

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how
    regarding unexpected feelings.

  19. 일산명월관

    I’ve been surfing online more than three hours these days,
    yet I by no means found any interesting article like yours.

    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and
    bloggers made good content as you probably did, the internet will probably be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  20. 일산요정

    hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here.
    I did however expertise some technical issues using this website, since I experienced to
    reload the website lots of times previous to I could get it to load
    correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK?
    Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will very frequently
    affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords.
    Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective
    fascinating content. Ensure that you update this again soon.

  21. Situs Qiu Qiu

    The Fitbit Force leaps to the top of the health tracker heap, with a vibrant screen, snug match, and a bevy
    of slick features.

  22. I do believe all of the ideas you have offered on your post.
    They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are
    very quick for newbies. May you please extend them a little from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  23. 죠스출장

    The therapist will need to have advanced training and
    experience in treating soft tissue injuries.
    The chair is made with such leather which is very comfortable and warm so, you are going to feel relaxed with it.
    A well designed Rehabilitation program while using correct continuing
    development of proper stretching exercises will mean these
    basic functions may be preserved and improved upon.

  24. cjjwofficial.com

    You may desire to place a small towel below your feet through the massage to prevent spilling the
    oil onto your clothes or bedding. Our lives are filled with stress and countless responsibilities which can be overwhelmingly hectic at times.
    This is for the objective of easy gliding with the hand from the massage therapist
    about the parts which needs to be caused consistently.

  25. Glenn

    Flowers arrived on time and were lovely.

  26. Leonie

    Birthday Fortune is a hand delivered reward.

  27. pay day loan

    Payday lenders must verify a customer’s eligibility.

  28. Yvonne

    Beloved the flowers my daughter received.

  29. 출장마사지

    The therapist have to have advanced training and expertise in treating soft tissue injuries.
    With the help of these oils, you will feel more relax during a
    massage. Individuals aiming to turn into a
    certified massage therapist will need to develop a thorough educational training program.

  30. Latashia

    Browse our picks for the very best online lenders.

  31. abgqq

    Hey there excellent website! Does running a blog like this require a large
    amount of work? I have very little expertise in programming but
    I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners please share.

    I know this is off topic nevertheless I just wanted
    to ask. Kudos!

  32. Stormy

    I purchased a bouquet for my aunts ninetieth birthday.

  33. You may would like to place a tiny towel under
    your feet throughout the massage to avoid spilling the oil on your clothes or bedding.
    Now you learn to massage your ears; start surface of your ears, then massage hard all way down the ear.
    Individuals looking to turned into a certified massage therapist will need
    to develop a thorough educational training program.

  34. 출장마사지

    The therapist will need to have advanced training and experience in treating soft tissue injuries.
    With the help of these oils, you feel more relax during a massage.
    Individuals seeking to be a certified massage therapist should
    complete a thorough educational training program.

  35. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our
    community. Your site offered us with valuable info to work
    on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community
    will be grateful to you.

  36. Shiatsu massage has several benefits which promote a great a sense well-being and health in every individuals.
    Self myofascial release foam rollers happen to be among the easiest home cures available
    to get a stiff and sore body. Self-care skills like foot massage,
    meticulous foot care and careful wound treatment will greatly help the quality of life.

  37. 출장안마

    The therapist will need to have advanced training and experience in treating soft tissue injuries.
    The chair is made from such leather that is certainly very comfortable and warm and thus, you are going to feel comfortable
    with it. It is something we strongly suggest that couples do
    before they’ve got problems.

  38. I was excited to uncover this website. I want to to thank you for ones time
    due to this fantastic read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and
    i also have you bookmarked to look at new information on your site.

  39. Stanton

    The delivery service was nice, skilled and on-time.

  40. Lilla

    CFPB found 15,766 payday mortgage shops working in 2015.

Leave a Reply

Posts you might like

PonyApp Guide

PonyApp “How To” and FAQ’s

As the go-to platform for competitive equestrians, PonyApp has amazing features you can use to improve your riding and manage your equestrian life all in one place. See how to use PonyApp best!

Read More »